Music

Program Level: Degrees, Pre-Majors/Transfer
Department: Fine Arts
Institute: Creative & Communication Arts
College: SAC

What is the Music program?

A two-year curriculum culminating in an Associate of Arts in Music Degree, this degree plan, prescribed by the State of Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, is entirely suitable for transfer.

Degree Plan

Transfer Scholarship Information

What will I learn?

A student will acquire musical proficiency by participating in various ensembles and private lessons. Our ensembles offer the major and the non-major student scholarship opportunities and the experience of performing a wide variety of repertoire. Ensembles consist of Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, String Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Latin Jazz Combo, Early Music Ensemble, Chamber Singers, and Guitar Ensemble. Our private lessons are offered on all standard orchestral instruments, plus piano, organ, saxophone, guitar, and electric bass. Many large instruments are available for student loan. 

What can I do with this course of study?

A major in Music allows for flexibility in looking for employment. This program is designed to lead to a Bachelor’s degree in the following areas: Performance, Music Education, Music Industry, Music Marketing, Music Therapy, Composition, Theory, and Musicology.

Additionally:

  • Artist representation
  • Arts administration, including the planning of local music festivals and concerts
  • Blogging about music
  • Broadcast engineering
  • College and conservatory administration
  • Event and wedding planning and management
  • Music arranging
  • Music journalism
  • Musical instrument repairs and sales
  • Operating smaller music schools
  • Orchestra management and orchestral librarian work
  • Radio and broadcast work
  • Recording technology and audio engineering
  • Theater and performing arts center management

Events Calendar

Check here for current listings for the concert series and the main space series.

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Friends of Music Facebook

Check here for student and faculty music concerts at San Antonio College.

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Auditions

  • Friends of Music Scholarship for new students, auditions in Spring 2023.
  • Mary Ann Winden District Scholarship, auditions on a rolling basis.

Submit questions to:
Dr. Martha Fabrique at mfabrique3@alamo.edu

What's special about our program?

The San Antonio College music program provides university quality. Teaching faculty perform with symphonies, opera companies, prestigious festivals, chamber music groups, and special area recitals and concerts. A good number of San Antonio College music instructors teach at other area colleges and universities as well, such as Trinity University, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of the Incarnate Word, and St Mary’s University. We also have excellent facilities, which include three piano labs, two Steinway concert grand pianos, practice rooms, percussion studios, four rehearsal spaces, and the 1,000 seat McAllister Fine Arts Auditorium.

This 60 hr program is designed to transfer in full to any four-year institution of your choice.

Degree Requirements, 60 semester hours

Music Theory I, II, III, and IV; Ear Training and Sight Singing I, II, III, IV; Music Literature, Applied Instruction in your voice or instrument for 4 semesters, Ensemble participation for 4 semesters. Piano Courses I, II, III, and IV are offered as well. Core classes are required.

Ensemble Participation

Our ensembles include the Heart of Texas Band, SAC Choir, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Chamber Choir, Jazz Combo, Percussion Ensemble, and our award-winning Mariachi Estrellas del Alamo. Students have the opportunity to perform at the Mariachi Vargas International Mariachi Competition, Texas State University Guitar Ensemble Competition, National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, and the TMEA Community College Honors Band, annually, as well as gaining performing experience in a variety of contexts on campus every semester.

Distinguished Faculty

SAC students have the advantage of studying directly with the most experienced and successful teachers in the area. Our faculty are degreed to the doctoral level, have many years of successful teaching experience, and are widely known regionally and nationally for their performing expertise. Students may be eligible for scholarships and for special recognition as they advance through the program at SAC.

  • Martha Fabrique
    Music Program Coordinator
    (210) 486-0477
    mfabrique3@alamo.edu
    McFA 102H

    Cindy Sanchez
    Associate Professor of Music
    Director of Vocal Studies & Choir
    (210) 486-0241
    csanchez324@alamo.edu
    McFA201

    Andrew Gignac
    Associate Professor of Music
    Director of Theory Studies
    (210) 486-0269
    agignac@alamo.edu
    McFA 102D

    Tom Sprayberry
    Director of Guitar Studies
    (210) 486-0241
    tsprayberry@alamo.edu
    MHA 107

    Daniel Anastasio
    Director of Keyboard Studies
    (210) 486-0478
    danastasio@alamo.edu
    McFA 102B

     

     

  • Brass

    David Deering, Tuba, Trombone

    Mariachi

    John Lopez 

    Music Theory and Music Appreciation

    • Stephen Gollihar
    • Kerri Morgan

     

    Percussion

    • Joseph Caploe
    • George Padilla

    Piano

    • Mark Alexander
    • Geraldine Ong
    • Jean Park

    Strings

    • Beth Johnson, Violin
    • Zlatan Redzic, Electric & Acoustic Bass
    • Aurelia Rocha, Cello

     

    Woodwinds

    • Gary Fair, Clarinet
    • Thomas Kurtz, Saxophone

     

     

     

     

  • Mary Mena
    Interim Chair
    (210) 486-1136
    mmena@alamo.edu

    Mandy Derfler
    Academic Unit Assistant
    (210) 486-0258
    aderfler@alamo.edu